Here are 12 habits of highly effective business owners.
- They are brave enough to risk being wrong. In fact, unless you are prepared to get it wrong, you’re not doing it right. The only people who never fail, are the people who lack the courage to try, (which is failure in itself.) Failure to fail, is failure.
- They are approachable. If you want people to get in touch with you, they need to feel comfortable doing so.
- They are willing to listen (a lot.) The best way to ensure that your products, services and marketing messages are on target, is to FIRST listen to your marketplace. Listen. Learn. Act.
- They are patient. That ebook was wrong; you can’t succeed overnight. You can, however start the process of change instantly. It takes time to get from where you are to where you want to be, but the journey is amazing. Embrace the journey!
- They value their time. Time is your most valuable asset, yet many people surrender control of it. Look after your time, so you have enough of it to do the things that matter each day.
- They are useful.
- They have a thick skin when it comes to business. One of the challenges with being visible online, especially if you are not a sheep and have something to say, is that some people will disagree with you. When (not if) they do, welcome it, take note and move on. Don’t let the fear of what others may say, stop YOU from saying what you need to. Critics can be useful too.
- They start the process of giving and receiving. Zig Ziglar says; “If you help enough people get what they want, you can have anything you want.” To fully understand what that means, you have to think for a while. If you can get the message, then apply it, everything will change for you.
- They show up. If you want to remain relevant to your clients, customers or community, you need to show up regularly. Even when you are super-busy, make time to connect with people.
- They demonstrate leadership. If, like many people I see online, you refer to yourself as a leader, back it up with action. Very few of the leaders I know refer to themselves as leaders, they simply lead and let OTHERS look after the labels. If you seldom step out of line, yet regularly follow the gurus and kiss their asses on their blogs and social media accounts, you’re not showing leadership. You’re part of the flock.
- They commit to lifelong learning. Take the classes and read the books. To earn more, you must first become more.
- They are comfortable being themselves. The only way to be seen as having unique value, is to be unique. Don’t try and be just like someone else. Be you. You are a bigger deal than you might think!